How to Cook Millet (Pilaf-style or Porridge-style) On The Hob In Less Than 25 Minutes

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This is a tale of two bowls of millet, pilaf-style and porridge-style. A tale that spans three decades and two continents. A tale that begins in Africa with millet sold in street markets, piled high in jute sacks and doled out by the street vendors in cut-out Peak Milk Condensed Evaporated Milk 160ml cans, re-purposed into crude measuring cups. And one that ends with pre-packaged, pre-measured packets of millet retailed in the large supermarkets, the likes of Whole Foods Market et al.

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This is a story that revolves around the cooking of millet. From smouldering fire-wood blackened earthenware cauldrons in Nasarawa state of Northern Nigeria, where millet was cooked to perfection from intuition and memory, without a measuring cup in sight, to the neatly packaged bag of millet with precise instructions on how much liquid to add to produce the perfect steamy plate of millet in my alpine pantry in Switzerland.

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Growing up in Africa, you just knew how much water to add to the pot of millet to produce the “right” kind of millet dish you were after. No measuring cups, no fancy gadgets. Just a good eye and “the feel” for how much liquid was just enough. I didn’t have the eye, nor the feel, but the older ladies all just kind of had it..

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When I discovered a packet of millet at my local supermarket the other day, it brought back nostalgic memories of Africa and I was determined to introduce my DD (Dear Daughter) and my DS (Dear Son) to millet. Of course, it was super handy to have instructions written out on the packet. I thought, what could possibly go wrong?

 

I decided to adhere to the cooking instructions on the packet, even though instinct was screaming out at me that the proportions in the instructions did not feel right. You know that saying “trust your instinct” right? Well, on this occasion, I decided to ignore my instinct, and give it a go, and boy, I ended up with a hideous paste that lacked any texture or appeal. Made a note to self – trust your goddamned instincts!

 

If you have been following my previous posts, you know how I feel about millet already. Suffice to say, millet is a nutritious gluten-free grain that can be enjoyed in meals as a substitute for rice. Its’ versatility lends itself to varied uses – as a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or brunch, depending on its mode of preparation. Millet can be prepared pilaf-style, which works very well when incorporating millet in salad bowls. It can also be prepared porridge-style. Whatever method you choose, millet is very simple and quick to prepare. Just be prepared to invest approximately five minutes of your time to get your pan of millet on the hob.

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Recipe and video link below. Let me know how you get on!

 


 

How to Cook Millet 2 Ways
How to Cook Millet 2 Ways
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Ingredients
To Make Pilaf Millet
To Make Porridge Millet
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Instructions
To Make Pilaf Millet
  1. Rinse one cup of millet and allow it to drain completely. Put the millet in a sauce pan over medium-low heat, and stir frequently, until it starts to brown and releases a nutty flavour. This should take about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and stir. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Then remove the pan from the heat and let it stand covered for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and fluff very gently with a fork
To Make Millet Porridge
  1. Rinse one cup of millet and allow it to drain completely. Put the millet in a sauce pan over medium-low heat, and stir frequently, until it starts to brown and releases a nutty flavour. This should take about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the milk and water and stir. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, give it a good stirring, then cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
  3. If the liquid is not completely absorbed, then simmer partially covered for another 3 - 5 minutes until the liquid is completely absorbed.
  4. Remove from heat and drizzle with honey to serve.

 

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Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Millet 2 Ways
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Potassium 270mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 13%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Take care and catch you next week!

 

Emem..xo

Emem
Afro-fusion Food Lover.
Sustainable Food Advocate.
Completely nuts about Avocado.